What to Expect
You can expect a professional, discreet and inspiring space for you to safely explore the roadblocks in your life.
Everyone can use support at some point in their life. Therapy is a collaborative process of exploration and growth to help you create and reach your goals. Change can be difficult and beginning therapy can be daunting. Finding the right therapist to connect with is the most important step. I use a research validated behavioral approach in a relaxed, down to earth manner, to help you create lasting change in your life. Our work will focus on the “here and now” and helping you move forward through your struggles.
To make sure we are a good fit, I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss what your needs are.
Each individual's process is unique. I practice therapy from a behavioral approach which emphasizes being in the moment (mindfulness), exploring a variety of different factors affecting your struggle (holistic), and focusing on measurable goals which are based on your own values.
I currently offer individual therapy for adults over age 18. We can expect to meet on a weekly basis for 50 minute sessions. Although individual treatment plans may vary, often short term treatment (15 sessions or less) can be very helpful. Our work together will be interactive, collaborative and goal oriented.
I welcome diversity and provide a supportive and inclusive environment for individuals from all backgrounds.
Anxiety , Depression & Mood Problems
Many people struggle with anxiety, and often the more we try to fight it the bigger a struggle it becomes. Whether you experience social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD or phobia - behavioral therapy can improve your life and reduce the struggle with these experiences. Working with anxiety is a specialty area of mine and I am happy to discuss how treatment can help you.
The experience of depression can look different for different people. If you feel sad, lethargic, or irritable much of the time, we can help you discover ways to make your life more meaningful and get you on the path to improved mental health.
The connection between the mind and the body is very strong. Therapy can help you promote healing in both areas, and build up your resilience if you are struggling with new or chronic illness. I have worked in hospital settings and have specialized in Behavioral Medicine and HIV Mental Health. Whether your goal is improving compliance with your medical treatment, accepting a new diagnosis or losing weight, counseling may be the support you need.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is a scientifically validated therapy approach which has been proven effective for many mental health struggles. ACT is a type of therapy that focuses on the present, and helping you end the struggle against difficult emotions, thoughts, and experiences. By relating to your struggles in a different way, therapy can help you make room for a life that is much more meaningful to you. ACT is an acceptance and mindfulness based behavioral/cognitive approach which draws on concepts from eastern philosophical traditions. It is a non-hierarchical, active therapy experience. Read more about ACT here www.contextualscience.org.
I currently offer lectures, trainings and full day workshops for clinicians on ACT and behavioral therapy. Please contact me for fees and availability. References available upon request.
Licensed Psychologist in New York State since 2009
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology
University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology
American Psychological Association accredited program
Montefiore Medical Center (HIV team)
New York University Counseling Center
Post Doctoral Fellow in Behavioral Medicine
Harbor UCLA Medical Center
California State University Long Beach, Counseling and Psychological Services
Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology
University of Denver, College of Education
Bachelors Degree with Psychology Honors
The George Washington University
My practice is fee for service, payment is expected to be made in full at the end of each session, or billed monthly. I accept credit card payments as well as Health Savings Card payments. Please call for current fees.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. A full charge for the session will be applied for any late cancellation or no show appointments. Clients with insurance who cancel will be responsible for the session fee.
If you wish to use Insurance, you must first check whether your insurance company has "out of network" mental health coverage, any deductible, and what percentage of the service fee they will reimburse. If requested, I can provide you with a SuperBill (itemized receipt) at the end of each month to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, but the full session fee must be paid in full at each session.